Native & Wild Bees

Challenge #15 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this challenge show us your local bees: the carpenter, mason, blue-banded, miner, solitary bees, and any of the thousands of bee species which are not 'domesticated' Honey Bees, or Bumblebees, which had their own challenges recently. NO hover flies, spiders etc. The bee/bees must be outside, on flowers, leaves, buzzing around, or just doing what bees do; NOT under studio lights. Macro shots welcome. Google information for your local native or wild bees; or go to http://bugguide.net/node/view/8267/bgpage?from=0 SIZE DOES MATTER: See below.
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THE POLLINATOR - SWEAT BEE (Agapostemon)
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Thanks to this challenge, and the supplied link, I was finally able to identify this beautiful bee.
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Submitted: Saturday, 6th October, 2012 18:43 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 10th July, 2009
Focal length: 150 mm
Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 200
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